DAVINA McCALL says she is at the perfect stage of life to relight the flames of passion — as there are no kids around.
The presenter of My Mum, Your Dad can make the most of her three children having flown the nest.
Davina, 55, who is hosting the new ITV dating show for parents of a certain age, has told hopefuls they have nothing to worry about in the bedroom.
She said: “What I like about the show is it’s a nice reminder to society that you don’t give up on intimacy and sex when you’re in your forties, fifties and sixties.
“Actually, they could be the sexiest time of your life, when the baggage of kids is gone, they’ve all flown the nest, and you can actually go for it again!
“It’s such a funny time, isn’t it, when you’ve got kids?
“It’s like, ‘Shh. Oh my Gosh, they could walk in at any moment’.
“Look, it’s worth putting a lock on your door, because they just walk in, and that’s unsexy in itself, thinking a kid’s going to walk in.
“So when you do have time to yourself and they are around less, that is an amazing time to try to rekindle something.”
My Mum, Your Dad follows a group of single parents who have been nominated by their grown-up kids for a second chance at love.
Audiences will be able to follow them as they live together at a country house retreat.
It starts tonight at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX and airs during the week for a fortnight.
Davina said: “We have all these amazing dates.
“We are talking helicopter rides, boat rides . . . romance galore.
“One gentleman had been practising kissing on the back of his hand because he hadn’t kissed anyone for a while, and was really nervous.
“He’d got really smitten with one particular lady, and she was really smitten with him.
“While on their date, they have a glass of champagne and he says, ‘I’d like to propose a toast’, and she said, ‘What are we toasting’
“He said, ‘Our first kiss.’
“All of us had our hands over our mouths, we were so excited. It was amazing. I’ve never been so excited about a kiss in my whole life.”
IT’S A HOT BATH FOR DATERS
DATING shows do not always spell success for singletons.
But host Fred Sirieix has revealed that TV hit series First Dates was a winner for one couple at least – after he caught them looking very cosy the morning after their night before.
The romance hopefuls met on the Channel 4 show, which has moved to a glamorous new location in Bath, before checking into a hotel for a night of passion.
Fred said: “I was in a hotel while I was staying in Bath and, in the morning when I got up to have my breakfast, there was a couple who were there who were in the First Dates restaurant.
“He had a room and she joined him in the hotel and I saw them at breakfast.
“I saw them. Her hair was still wet and they both had that glow . . . you know, that bedroom glow, to them. So it works.”
The start date for its 21st series has yet to be announced.
BRASSIC’S cast were thrilled to find out that Imelda Staunton is a fan of the comedy drama as they welcomed her ahead of their Christmas special.
Tom Hanson, who plays Cardi in the Sky One show, said: “Imelda knew references to earlier series, which told me she’d watched all the series.”
KATH IN KILLER’S SHADOW
CORRIE great Katherine Kelly is worlds away from the cobbles in new ITV drama The Long Shadow.
This is the first look of her as Yorkshire Ripper victim Emily Jackson in the forthcoming seven-parter, which also stars Toby Jones and Lee Ingleby as cops and Daniel Mays as Emily’s husband Sydney.
The show airs on ITV1 later this month.
STEVE ON A DEADLY MISSION
STEVE BACKSHALL has big plans for the revival of his children’s show Deadly 60.
The adventurer is keen to bring back the CBBC favourite – which started in 2009 – and has his eye set on a new helping of the world’s most lethal creatures.
He has even compiled a list of animals he would feature after travelling to the Bahamas for his latest CBBC job, Deadly Mission Shark.
Steve said of Deadly 60, which last screened new episodes in 2020: “I never expected it to go more than one series, and I’ve started thinking about the next series.
“We haven’t filmed snow leopards, narwhals in the Arctic, hundreds of species of snakes.There’s a long list of things we want to do.”
Deadly Mission Shark is on Sundays at 5.15pm.
DAISY: I’M BEING A STICKLER
DAISY MAY COOPER is on a mission to continue the success of Am I Being Unreasonable?
The comic admits she is having a nightmare writing series two of the comedy thriller – and plans to scrap all six episodes to begin again.
Daisy May, who also plays mum Nic in the BBC One hit show, revealed: “I said to Selin Hizil, with whom I write Am I Being Unreasonable?, that we ought to ditch the whole series and start writing it again. It definitely needs work.”
The first instalment, which was screened last year, led to a Bafta for Lenny Rush, who plays Daisy May’s son Ollie in the show, as well as three other nominations.
Series two is due on BBC One in 2024.
STEPHEN’S NEXT EPISODE
GOGGLEBOX’s Stephen Lustig-Webb is juggling new TV offers since announcing he was quitting the show after 10 years.
After being tied exclusively to Channel 4, he’s now signed with talent agents Neon Management who say they’re in talks with a number of new projects and reality shows.
Hairdresser, Stephen 52 from Brighton is one of the originals from the show that first hit screens in 2013.
Last week he shared the news that he and husband Daniel Lustig now want to move on to new challenges.
Sharing their news on social media, Stephen wrote: “We feel the time is right to move on and explore other opportunities.
“We would both like to thank Channel 4 and Studio Lambert for letting us be part of this amazing, funny and heartwarming show.”
Stephen has been exclusively tied to Channel 4 for the past decade but is now able to explore a TV career beyond the sofa.
Stephen said: “I am so excited to join Neon Management and can’t wait to start this new chapter.”
Dave Read, MD at Neon, said: “Stephen has enjoyed incredible success on Gogglebox and is well placed to further his career in television.
“He has a hugely engaging personality with a brilliant sense of humour, and we are looking forward to helping him progress further in the entertainment industry.”
Stephen first appeared on the Gogglebox couch alongside his former partner Chris, but he left in 2018 after the couple split up.
Stephen was then joined by his mum Pat before the nation was introduced to Daniel.
In a statement about the couple’s departure, Channel 4 said: “As one of the original Goggleboxers, Stephen has entertained the nation with his hilarious quips since the show first started in 2013, sharing his opinions on the best and biggest TV events of the last ten years.”